LOUISIANA — The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations brought two separate criminal cases to conclusion this past week resulting in arrests in the Troop L area.
Following an investigation into a complaint received from Progressive Insurance Company, Troopers arrested Michael Loper, 34, of Bogalusa on charges of Insurance Fraud and Forgery.
The investigation revealed that in November of 2011, Loper filed a bodily injury claim with Progressive following a minor vehicle crash. Loper additionally claimed that he was a physician and his injuries resulted in the loss of wages and income.
To support the claim for lost wages, he submitted invoices totaling over $8000 and emails between himself and another physician arranging for the care of Loper’s alleged patients.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that Loper was not a physician and fraudulently submitted altered documents and emails in an attempt to defraud Progressive Insurance. Despite portraying himself as a physician to his friends and family, Loper never possessed a license to practice medicine nor ever worked in a medical facility.
Loper surrendered himself to investigators and was booked accordingly into the Washington Parish Jail.
In a separate investigation, Troopers working in conjunction with the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration issued an arrest warrant for Keith Bourg, 43, of Slidell on charges of Theft of the Assets of a Disabled Person.
The joint investigation revealed that Bourg was the legally designated payee for a disabled relative receiving federal disability benefits. Bourg received over $12,000 in disability benefit funds for the care and support of his relative, but fraudulently converted the funds to his own use. Investigators located Bourg at the Social Security Administration field office in Lacombe, LA and placed him into custody without incident. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Anyone wishing to report criminal or suspicious activity to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations is urged to contact detectives at (225) 925-3682.
The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.